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in normal times, all seem to melt away. >> reporter: both sides acknowledge the storm provided mr. obama with a valuable opportunity to show bipartisan leadership in the closing days of this race. republican new jersey governor and romney supporter chris christie repeatedly praised the president's performance and his compassion. >> you're going to be okay. you're going to be safe. >> reporter: today mr. obama was back in campaign mode deriding governor romney's promise to bring change to washington. >> another $5 trillion tax cut that favors the wealthy isn't change. turning medicare into a voucher is change, but we don't want that change. >> reporter: the president's schedule over the next five days tells you a lot about his strategy. he'll be spending a great deal of time in ohio and wisconsin trying to build a midwest firewall to prevent governor romney from reaching 270 electoral votes. >> we really can't have four more years like the last four years. i know that the obama folks are chanting four more years. our chant is five more days. >> reporter: at a rally in virginia a campaign
"washington post" abc news tracking poll has president obama and mitt romney in a statistical tie nationally. the republican nominee has a 49 to 48% edge. more likely voters trust romney to handle the economy. when it comes to understanding the economic problems the americans are facing, well, most people think that mr. obama has the edge on that. they have obama living 51-41%. >> and with numbers like that, both parties are out urging people to vote early. in many state turnout, early voting has been heavy. in california, oakland, for example, the early voter turnout is much slower than in 2008. at the alameda county courthouse, the register said the line was only about 20 people long. compare that with 2008 when there were 5 to 600 people waiting to vote and the lines were around the block. >>> jury deliberations are expected to resume tomorrow in a trial of a former san jose principal. lynn -- she's charged with failing to report greg chandler. chandler is a teacher who has been convicted of committing lewd acts on a second grader in 2011. >>> oakland city council is look at covering up t
. this is happening all over. >> reporter: and both sides are well aware that 40 years ago they supported mr. obama 53 to 45% and helped him carry this state. dean renoylds, cbs news, cleveland. >>> and in the bay area, some are taken to the streets in their last push targeting still undecided voters. the one thing that is forcing the ballot counters to work overnight. >> around our district there is probably about at least 8 to 9 corners like this. >> reporter: corners where the schoolteachers are waiting a last-minute battle to encourage voters to support proposition 30 as the state sales on the income tax hike that they say, they would stop more education cuts, targeting undecided voters. those making up their minds in the polling booth or who are waiting until the last possible minute to mail in their ball los -- ballots and plenty of them are. >> if you have not mailed them yet, you are getting risky about that ballot. >> reporter: he has talked to the civic groups, claiming they are still undecided. not about who to pick for president, but about what proposition to support. it shows. >> if you l
prisons, according to a federal report released today. senator feinstein concludes that president obama's controversial plan to move detainees to the u.s. could work. she says 373 people charged or convicted of terrorism are already held in u.s. facilities without security problems. and the reporticize the defense diameter -- the report says the defense department has room for more. >> guantanamo is a real stain on our country's image abroad. >> reporter: he's been to guantanamo and interviewed dozens of inmates. moving the detainees could make a difference. >> there'll be a lot more human rights groups and liberties groups pushing to have a trial or release, and i think it'll be stronger in america. and that could make the difference in finally these men will get a trial. >> i think americans would be on edge. >> reporter: some say the prospect of bringing terrorist into the u.s. pours salt into deep wounds. >> it's still fresh, even though it's been year, and to have them living on the same soil, it's just uncomfortable. and i think it's unfair to americans. >> reporter: the report sa
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